Themes and Events

Spring 2016: Growing Our Community

YearofMeadville-logo-no-opacitySpring Kick-Off Film Screening

“Fourteen Filmmakers in Search of a Town”
Friday, January 22 @ 7pm,
Vukovich Center

In the fall of 2015, 14 student filmmakers set out to explore the town of Meadville, PA. This is what they found. Join us as we kick off the Year of Meadville’s spring programming with a series of short films created by Allegheny College film students. A reception with an opportunity to speak with the filmmakers will follow the screening.

Our Local Food System

Ben Hewitt, February 19
Regional Food System Panel and Discussion, February 20

Our Local Economy

Stacy Mitchell, March 10
Local Economy Workshop, March 12

Community Celebration

Community Celebration, April 30

Additional Events

Agents of Change: Political Participation

Feb. 13, 9am – 3pm
Allegheny College

The Lake Effect Leaders AmeriCorps VISTA project will be fettermanhosting the second annual Agents of Change Conference. This year’s theme is Political Participation and will feature a keynote address by John Fetterman, former AmeriCorps member and mayor of Braddock, Pa., who is running for Pa. Senate. Gain the tools to become a leader in social and political change by participating in workshops focused on social justice and political participation; volunteerism and activism; community organizing; and student power. The cost of participation is $15 (free to Allegheny students). Lunch and breakfast are provided. Submit a proposal for a workshop here, or register as a participant here.


Conversation through Art: Gender Identity and Social Practice

Public Talk by Suzanne LacySuzanne Lacy. Photographed in the "Tanks" at Tate Modern
April 4, 7pm
Tippie Alumni Center, Allegheny College

Lacy will discuss several formative projects and describe the evolution of her art activism nationally and internationally. Founding chair of the MFA in Public Practice at the Otis College of Art and Design, Lacy holds a Ph.D. from Gray’s School of Art at Robert Gordon University in Scotland. Her works have been reviewed in The Village Voice, Artforum, L.A. Times, and the New York Times.

From Talk to Action Part I

Skyped Presentation with Renowned Activist Artists
April 5, 1:30pm
Tippie Alumni Center, Allegheny College

A skyped presentation and conversation witLacy Project Photoh artists Suzanne Lacy, Adaku Utah, Neda Moridpour and Jasmeen Partheja, feminist artists whose work focuses on issues of violence and healing form sexual assault. This event is part of Allegheny’s Gator Day programming.

From Talk to Action Part II

Student-Led Community Conversation
April 5, 3pm
Tippie Alumni Center, Allegheny College

A student-led community conversation that will focus on three questions: 1) What is rape culture? 2)What does rape culture look like at Allegheny? and 3) How can each of us contribute to the transformation and ultimate elimination of rape culture on our campus? Organized in collaboration with the Title IX office and with support form Allegheny College Counseling Center and staff from Women’s Services.


Philosophy from Small Places

Public Talk and Seminar by Lewis R. Gordon
April 7, 7pm
Tippie Alumni Center, Allegheny College

Lewis R. Gordon, Professor of Philosophy and Africana lewis r gordonStudies at UCONN-Storrs will give a talk, entitled “Philosophy from Small Places” and a seminar on April 7, 2016. Dr. Gordon is a renowned philosopher and public intellectual who is, in addition to teaching at UCONN, the European Union Visiting Chair in Philosophy at Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France; and Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor of Politics and International Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa. His most recent book is What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought.


You Are Here, Now

Annual Spring Dance Concert
April 14 – 16, 7:30pm

The Allegheny College Dance and Movement Studies Program will present its annual spring dance concert in the college’s Montgomery Performance Space at 7:30 p.m. on April 14, 15 and 16. This year’s concert showcases students in several styles of dance, including ballet, ballroom, jazz and modern. The concert celebrates the college’s 2016 theme, “The Year of Meadville.” The first act pays tribute to the local area with live music directed by John Hyatt. The act closes with a collaborative choreographic effort by DMS faculty Betsy Sumerfield and Eleanor Weisman. The second section of the concert features a reconstruction of a popular high-energy piece choreographed by Betsy Sumerfield, “Between Here and There.” In addition, students in the Ballroom III class will perform several styles of social dance. The spring concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Call the DMS office at 814-332-2813 for more information or to make a reservation.

Fall 2015: Sharing Our Stories

Sharing Our Stories:

Community Storytelling Workshops, September 1-3

Networks of Care

Community Workshops, Saturdays, September 19 – October 24

Youth Voices

Project Voice, November 12-13

Dana Wilson, November 19-21


Past Events